Posted by: MadSciLabz | April 10, 2009

U.S. PASSPORT CARDS IMPLANTED WITH RFID CHIPS IS NOW IN PRODUCTION


Over 900,000 Passport Cards have been issued since the U.S. Government began production of these cards implanted with RFID chips on July 14, 2008. The Department of Homeland Security and State Department has issued a statement saying the cards have been implemented for the following reasons:

“To facilitate the frequent travel of U.S. citizens living in border communities and to meet DHS’s operational needs at land borders, the passport card contains a vicinity-read radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. This chip points to a stored record in secure government databases. There is no personal information written to the RFID chip itself.

With RFID technology, Customs and Border Protection inspectors will be able to access photographs and other biographical information stored in secure government databases before the traveler reaches the inspection station.

The passport card uses state-of-the-art security features to prevent against the possibility of counterfeiting and forgery. In addition, a protective sleeve is provided with each passport card to protect against unauthorized reading or tracking of the card when it is not in use.”

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  1. Hi, nice post. I have been pondering this issue,so thanks for sharing. I will certainly be subscribing to your site.


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